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A series of informative and entertaining articles that ran from 2009-14, covering a wide variety of topics.

Random Monday: Back from Hiatus, Getting Back in Shape and Traits...

Back from hiatus In addition to putting the horn in closet this summer, I also took a break from writing at Horn Matters. For myself, taking a...

Random Monday: Fun and Games

Playing for gold Get a complete deck of playing cards with 55 illustrations by Arthur Rackham. Each card illustrates a scene from the Wagner Ring Cycle...

Random Monday: Snake Oil, Anniversaries and What’s Popular

Think you might have a dystonia-related chop problem? Be cautious of claims that there is a cure out there for embouchure dystonia, especially if it...

Random Monday: Standards, Callings and Getting Up Close and Personal

Setting a high standard In praise of William Caballero -  "I'm in awe of what he does on a daily basis. His playing inspires everyone on...

Random Monday: Taking Time Off and Going On Tour

Horns gone wild The Northwest Horn Orchestra recently gave its sixth annual concert. Among more traditional repertoire and instruments, the concert featured Vienna horn and piccolo...

Random Wednesday: Rules, Studies and Congratulations

Re-thinking concert rules and etiquette Speaking for myself, some of the classical music performance traditions that have held through to today seem a bit archaic and...

Random Monday: Symposium Coverage Recap and Shades of Light and Dark

44th Symposium recap In case you missed it, here are all of John's recent articles covering his experiences at the recent International Horn Society Symposium...

Random Monday: IHS Symposium Week and other War Stories

IHS #44 begins The forty-fourth International Horn Symposium begins this week in Denton, Texas. Be looking for reports from John, starting this Wednesday. On being interviewed for a...

Random Monday: Settlement in Louisville, Talk, Applause and Cannibalism

Settlement in Louisville The conflict in Louisville KY seems to have come to a resolution. After 20 months of very contentious negotiations the two sides...

Random Wednesday: Pros and Cons, Odds and Ends

The pros and cons Last Friday, Archibald Noodlefish's rant raised a question - is it possible to to be like an amateur and a professional...